The European Business Council for Africa

Ethiopia's economic strategy clearly identifies priority sectors of manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, and ICT in which Ethiopia holds comparative advantages. Over the past two decades, the Government has strengthened the country's competitiveness through major improvements in appropriate infrastructure and technical capacity, including massive investments in state-of-the-art industrial parks and logistics centers. The government has dramatically improved the country's transportation sector through the building of thousands of kilometers of paved roads, developing the railway system, and creating air passenger and cargo capacity unrivaled anywhere in the continent of Africa. In addition, the country continues to provide attractive incentives to investors in the identified priorities. The government is now implementing wide-ranging economic reform and privatization measures, opening several sectors to foreign investments. 

The U.S- Ethiopia investment dialogue program is designed for participants to gain deep insight and update on Ethiopian's ongoing economic reform. […]

Following the release of a collaborative report that assessed the impact of COVID-19 on trade finance, Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), an initiative hosted by the African Development Bank, is pleased to invite you to the following webinar together with report co-authors from the African Development Bank, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the International Trade Center, the International Chamber of Commerce, Islamic Development Bank, West African Development Bank (BOAD) and East African Development Bank (EADB).

In this current unprecedented environment, policy makers & development organizations have attempted to respond to the multi-faceted pandemic and help sub-Saharan African countries ride these difficult times. Keeping trade in goods and services flowing presents an economic and social imperative to preserve the livelihoods of millions of Africans. Pre-COVID-19, the trade finance gap in Africa was already estimated to be above $100 billion.[…]

In 2021, the African and European Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels to adopt a new strategy that guides the partnership between our two continents for the years to come. Although the AU-EU Summit was meant to take place this October and become a highlight of Germany ́s current EU Council Presidency, its postponement to next year provides the chance for civil society to set its own priorities for an inclusive, fair and sustainable partnership.

With civil society being an important bridge between the distant AU-EU policy processes and the wellbeing of people on the ground, our conference will provide the space to develop new civil society approaches for a revised Joint Africa-Europe Strategy that actually helps to improve people´s living conditions.  

The policy fields in which Africa and Europe would both benefit from close collaboration and a fair partnership are constantly increasing: They include the need for radical climate change reduction and adaptation measures; strengthening local and sustainable value chains to improve income; rural development and the shift towards a green agriculture; functioning social protection and health care systems; the creation of legal migration routes; intergenerational and gender justice, among others. […]

West African countries rely heavily on overseas rice imports, and the 2008 food prices crisis revealed the risk of this situation. West African governments therefore pursued policies aimed at developing the local rice sector and reducing import dependency. Although rice production increased considerably, the availability, affordability and appeal of imported rice continues to outweigh locally produced rice.

These policies have failed to deliver durable productivity gains and sufficient rice quality management, and also did not adequately address opportunities for trade within the West African region. For competitive, resilient and sustainable rice value chains to further emerge, it is crucial that trade policies become better aligned with agricultural and industrial policies. However, detailed information and analyses of rice trading dynamics in the region have been in short supply. […]

Actualités et plan d'actions du programme SEA en Côte d'Ivoire en contexte de pandémie COVID ; des défis à relever, des opportunités à saisir.

SEA vise, à travers des journées ou des caravanes santé organisées sur site, à promouvoir la sensibilisation, le dépistage multimaladies ainsi que l'orientation des personnes dépistées positives vers des centres médicaux référencés. 
Les maladies ciblées sont le VIH/sida, la tuberculose, les hépatites virales B et C, le paludisme, le diabète et l'hypertension, auxquelles ont été ajouté le Covid. 
Les actions sont destinées aux employés, familles et communautés environnantes.
Basé sur le co-investissement, le programme SEA bénéficie du soutien d’Expertise France (Assistance technique), du Fonds mondial, des autorités sanitaires et des programmes nationaux de santé. Il fait appel à la contribution des entreprises (adhésion, participation aux frais d'opérations, partenariat) et des fondations (mécénat) […]

Actualités et plan d'actions du programme SEA au Cameroun en contexte de pandémie COVID ; des défis à relever, des opportunités à saisir.
Initié par le Conseil français des Investisseurs en Afrique (CIAN) et piloté depuis juin 2020 dans sa mise en oeuvre par l'association Santé en Entreprise (SEE), le programme Santé Entreprise Afrique (SEA) a été lancé au Cameroun en juin 2020, après la Côte d'Ivoire en mars 2019.
SEA vise, à travers des journées ou des caravanes santé organisées sur site, à promouvoir la sensibilisation, le dépistage multimaladies ainsi que l'orientation des personnes dépistées positives vers des centres médicaux référencés. 
Les maladies ciblées sont le VIH/sida, la tuberculose, les hépatites virales B et C, le paludisme, le diabète et l'hypertension, auxquelles ont été ajouté le Covid. 
Les actions sont destinées aux employés, familles et communautés environnantes.
Basé sur le co-investissement, le programme SEA bénéficie du soutien d’Expertise France (Assistance technique), du Fonds mondial, des autorités sanitaires et des programmes nationaux de santé. Il fait appel à la contribution des entreprises (adhésion, participation aux frais d'opérations, partenariat) et des fondations (mécénat) […]

While still behind the pandemic curve of other regions, the situation in Africa is changing rapidly with the number of infections and deaths increasing dramatically. On August 23, the number of infected people with COVID-19 passed the 1million threshold.

The AU COVID-19 Response Fund Webinar will take place October 24, 2020, at 13.00 GMT

The event will be broadcasted in the African Union official languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese)[…]

Human smuggling and trafficking in persons are major concerns across Africa, with nearly all countries qualifying as source, transit, and/or destination countries. This lucrative criminal enterprise has debilitating consequences for the continent’s economy, development, security and human rights. Combating human smuggling and trafficking are growing human security priorities for African states.


This seminar launches three new ENACT studies focusing on trends in criminalisation and criminal justice responses to smuggling across Africa, trafficking in persons in Kenya to Gulf States, and ways that mobile money enables or aggravates human smuggling and trafficking. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the problem and its solutions will also be considered.[…]

ATTEND THE ONLY FORUM PROMOTING TURKEY-AFRICA ECONOMIC RELATIONS
HONORED BY H.E. RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

Create Long-Lasting Business Cooperation

The COVID-19 outbreak shows the necessity of multilateral responses, international cooperation and global solidarity. In this regard, the strategic partnership centred on mutual-benefits and economic development between Turkey and Africa has been maintained even during the pandemic.

Based on the assumption that trade, investment and stimulus are needed to cushion the economic impact of the current crisis and increase the resilience of the economies, we are proud to announce you that Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum (TABEF) will be held online for the first time ever on 8-9 October 2020 to provide an open space for eminent representatives of Public and Private sector actors, from both Turkey and Africa, to discuss and to jointly identify steps for scaling up private sector engagement and innovative catalytic Public-Private Partnerships for broad-based, sustainable, inclusive growth and development while building on their respective experiences. […]

As the world enters further into the 21st Century, now faced with the unprecedented advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, EU-Africa relations continue to evolve steadily, with both sides addressing key complementary priorities, such as trade and investment, sustainable development, job creation, industrialisation, peace and security, and migration. 

In order to achieve “A Stronger Europe in the World”, the European Commission identified the development of a new strategy with Africa as a key priority, by “working hand in hand with our neighbours and partners”. With the conclusion of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement on the horizon, this partnership is of increased importance. […]